Den Bosch have won the race for striker Anthony Lurling.
The 29-year-old, who spent the end of last season on loan at RKC Waalwijk, had been informed that he could leave German side Cologne for the right price.
NEC Nijmegen had been credited with an interest in the forward, but Den Bosch came in with an acceptable offer and Lurling wasted little time in striking an accord with his former club.
A loan deal with an option to buy has been agreed, with the clause to be activated should the club secure promotion at the first time of asking.
Lurling came through the youth ranks at Den Bosch and he was tipped for big things when making the move to Heerenveen in 1999.
He had a fine spell at Heerenveen and was snapped up by Feyenoord in 2002, but he failed to shine in Rotterdam and then Cologne and will hope for more luck at Deb Bosch.
NEC may have missed out on Lurling, but they are hopeful of striking deals with Ferne Snoyl and Brett Holman.
Holman returned to Feyenoord from a loan spell at Excelsior, but is available for transfer and NEC are looking to step in.
Full back Snoyl is also under contract at Feyenoord, but has been told he can leave and NEC are eyeing a second raid on De Kuip.